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Landscaping with Native Groundcovers
January 28 @ 6:30 pmFree
The Belfast Free Library and Belfast Garden Club will cosponsor a program on the advantages of using native groundcovers to replace “un-used” areas of lawn on your property. Hildy Ellis, program manager for Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, will give the talk and Powerpoint presentation, which will take place at the library on Tuesday, January 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The program is free and open to all.
Groundcovers are plants that spread and crowd out weeds and prevent erosion by holding the soil. They also boost the biodiversity of your landscape, literally from the ground up! Unlike lawn grasses, native groundcovers provide food and habitat for birds, bees, and other pollinators. As a bonus, they offer color and texture throughout the year. Planting native groundcovers won’t take the place of lawn used for recreation, but it can create a fairly low-maintenance alternative to lawn grasses.
Before earning a degree in horticulture and doing graduate research on invasive plants at the University of Maine, Hildy Ellis worked as a professional gardener and was director of education at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Hildy wears many hats as program manager, including webmaster, outreach speaker, and event manager.